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This chapter was created by: Korie Richards, Sarah Peck, Amanda Ruby, Meghan Doyle, Jen Jones, and Alejandra Llorca-Overall

Who uses Blogger?


Users of Blogger range from every background imaginable. With the different formats and features Blogger has, users are able to express themselves in a variety of ways as well as create posts that pertain to a wide range of topics; such as sports, politics, exercise, etc. Recent polls show that over 4.5 million people are now blogging, and the age of bloggers fluctuates depending on what kind of blog it is. For example, on a football blogging site called SEC Football Blogger, a thirteen year old boy posts information; showing that anyone is capable of using the site. However, young children between ages of 13-18 are asked for a parental authorization to sign up and blog. (1,9)

How does Blogger work?


Blogger is a Web 2.0 application that is used by its members to create a blog.  Blogs are used to share one's ideas and journal about daily life, personal beliefs, political views, etc. Blogs can also be used for a business standpoint; allowing users to market products or inform readers of a company's progress. More recently, Blogger has been used for educational purposes in the classroom. Teachers, students, parents, and classmates can share ideas, information, and keep updated on what is going on in the classroom

 

I.History


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I.1 Development

Created in 1999 by a small company called Pyra Labs in San Francisco, California, Blogger allows users to have their own voice and perspectives in the vast internet world. In its early start, Blogger became a very popular site, but then quickly lost many users. However, after a rough beginning, Blogger managed to rebuild itself and was eventually bought out by Google in 2002. Even though they are owned by Google, Blogger has been able to keep its views of giving the people a voice to be heard on the internet. 

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I.2 How To Use Blogger

Step One:Create an Account. Log on to www.blogger.com and click the orange button that says, "Create a Blog" to create your blog. You can also select a language on this page.

Step Two:  Create a Google Account.  Blogger requires users to have a Google account.  If you do not have a Google account, you can create one on the Blogger page.  You will need to create an e-mail address to serve as your Google account email.  You will also need to create a password.

If you already have a Google, you can click the blue "sign in first" link on the "Create a Google Account" page.  You will be directed to a page where you can sign in with your Google account e-mail and password.  You can also create a Google account from this page.

Once you have signed into your Google account, you will be directed to a "Sign up for Blogger Page". Your Google account e-mail address and sender name will be displayed on the page. On this page you can type in a display name. This is the name that will be used to sign your blog posts. Don't forget to check the "Acceptance of Terms" box.

Step Three:Name your blog.  You can now choose a name and a URL for your blog.

Step Four:Choose a Template. Now, you are ready to select a template for your blog. You will be able to change these settings later.

Step Five:Start Blogging! When you have completed the previous steps, you will receive a message saying that your blog has been created. Click the orange "start blogging" arrow to start writing your blog.


Clicking the orange "start blogging" arrow will direct you to the posting window. This is where you will create all of your Blogger posts. In addition to text, you can insert videos and photos on your post page. Click publish post to put the post on your blog, or click save to work on the post later.

For more detailed instructions, click below to watch a video that shows step by step how to use Blogger.
Blogger Video!

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I.3 Getting More out of Blogger

Many teachers after college go back to school to get their masters degree to keep their license current. Blogger allows the professor to take notes and video from the lecture and post them on the blog so the class can view them. Students who look at the blog can leave comments or questions for the creator to post answers. It is more efficient than email because if one student has a question, it is likely that another student has the same question. By answering questions on the Blogger site, it allows all who are accessing the blog to review that information as well.

Blogger can also be used in an informal education setting. Coaches and activity leaders can post blogs about their team or club. Coaches and athletes can have blogs for their sport to post stats, photos, events, calendars, official rules, and other important information. The leaders of extracurricular activities and clubs can use a Blogger blog to promote an activity, communicate with parents, teachers, and student members about upcoming events. 

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I.4 Applications/Features

Blogger offers its users a wide variety of different features and uses. Blogger allows users to make money from their sites with adds through Adsense.Users are also able to search through Amazon's product catalog and add links to items they recommend that earn you commission when a customer purchases these products. Another feature that Blogger has recently come up with is posting on the go. This allows users to update their sites from their mobile device, allowing users to post whenever, wherever. With these features and many more, Blogger creates a plethora of ways for its users to express themselves through their blog.

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II. How Blogger Relates to Other Applications


In relation to other Blogging websites, Blogger shares many similarities. However, the differences are what makes Blogger so unique with users posting about sports, journalism, news, etc. With a wide variety of different formats and features, Blogger lets its users express themselves through their page layouts, pictures, and other widgets that can be added to a page. 

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II.1 Comparison to Competitors

Blogger is a type of online journal that allows its users to write down their thoughts. Blogger, similar to other online communication sites, allows users to contribute ideas and information that can be read by internet users. Blogger is similar to Xanga and WordPress which are also commonly used blogging sites. Blogger uses Photo Player and uniquely allows pictures to be installed into its system, which makes it more extensive than sites that only allow posts, such as a site like Twitter. This can be used in conjunction with a photo-posting site such as Photobucket.

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II.2 Unique Uses

There are many unique features of Blogger. Blogger has unlimited storage space which allows serious blog users, teachers, independent news reporters and journalists, researchers, or internet users to post unlimited information. Google owns Blogger; if a Google account is already set up, the same name and password can be used for a Blogger account. In addition, Blogger is a free service where information can be exchanged free of charge. Blogger is also a multi-language application, which allows blogs to break language barriers. This increases the benefits to communicate and share information with others internationally.

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III. Demonstration of Educational Value


Blogger works extremely well in the classroom as a means of communication with teachers, students, and parents. Teachers can post text on what they do on a daily basis, which could benefit many in different ways. Teachers could share texts and pictures with parents. The teacher could post on how the students reacted and behaved during the day and have parental comments on the information. This would allow the parents to have direct communication with the teacher and allow the parents to help provide feedback on the daily situations. By communicating via Blogger, less friction could occur between teacher and parent because of increased communication. Students are always given paper-based notes, permission slips, or grade reports to pass on to parents from the teacher. Consequently, students always seem to lose papers or forget to deliver them successfully. By the teacher having a blog through Blogger, parents could read the notes online and have permission slips right away. Blogger limits a failed delivery and also creates a chance to look at the notes multiple times.

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III.1 Educational Lesson Plans

Here are some examples of educational lesson plans for every grade level.

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i. Elementary

Lesson Plans- Blogger_Elem_NonSTEM.doc

^Lesson Plans- Blogger_Elem_NonSTEM.pdf

^Lesson Plans- Blogger_Elem_STEM.doc

^Lesson Plans- Blogger_Elem_STEM.pdf

 Lesson_Blogger_Elem_STEM.pdf

 Lesson_Blogger_Elem_STEM.doc

project2lessonplan.docx

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ii. Secondary

High School Lesson Plans.docx

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Sec_NonSTEM.doc

 Lesson Plans-Blogger_Sec_NonSTEM.pdf

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Sec_NonSTEM.pdf

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Sec_STEM.doc

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Sec_STEM.pdf

Lesson Plans Blogger Sec STEM.doc

Lesson Plans Blogger Sec STEM.pdf

Lesson_Blogger_Sec_STEM.pdf

Lesson_Blogger_Sec_STEM.doc

Lesson Plan.docx

Project 2 Lesson Plan.docx

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iii. Post-Secondary

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Post_NonSTEM.doc

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Post_NonSTEM.pdf

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Post_STEM.doc

^Lesson Plans-Blogger_Post_STEM.pdf

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III.2 Business/Industry

Many business employees write hundreds of emails a day, sending out memos, updates, etc. Using a tool on the web such as Blogger, businesses can post newsletters and important information for employees to read . Not only are current memos and newsletters posted, an archive exists for past information, too. The archive would allow members to look back to previous and current documents quickly and easily. This could become an effective, as well as efficient, method of sending out mass information to many employees. It also helps employees keep their e-mail in-boxes free of such documents.  Also, it majorly prevents people from accidentally deleting important information that they may need. By posting all information on Blogger, all employees can access previous and current information quickly and frequently.

While these suggestions could really help a company, businesses must be careful about what is posted on the blog.  Blogger does have a special feature that converts a blog to private use only.  That way only the owner of the blog can determine who can access the information.  However, companies still need to be cautious with confidential information.

Companies could also use blogs to receive feedback. Many companies have websites that people are able to access. Yet, those websites are often filled with an abundance of other information and it can be hard for users to find where comments can be left to the company.  It is more effective for people to be able to leave comments directly after each piece of information.  Such a feature would allow companies to improve their weaknesses. Blogger would allow businesses to receive clear feedback on products or situations. Getting negative feedback could help business drastically. In this way, Blogger increases the effectiveness of feedback for many companies.

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IV. How Blogger Is Used Internationally


In Korea, Blogger is used, but a more popular type of "blog journalism" is "Cyworld." It shares the same ideas as Blogger, but "Cyworld" is more personal. Although the two types of blogging are similiar,"Cyworld" made this type of online posting more common in Korea.

Cyworld is used the same way in Korea, where people can post personal thoughts and pictures. They communicate with other users and give feedback about their posts. Blogs are also used by public figures, such as actors or politicians, who post their thoughts and ideas to communicate with the public. Special blogs, such as installation-format blogs, are used for commercial advertising. When they are released to the public, people can earn money through managing the blogs.

A poll conducted by Microsoft on-line service department announced their results about blog usage in 2007. Seven Asian countries participated in this investigation.  The results found that 83% of Korean citizens know about the concept of blogging, in contrast with only 66% of the other Asian citizens. In Korea, 65% of people have a blog, which is the highest out of the seven countries. Recently, blog use in the field of education is spreading. Especially in universities, from sharing projects via e-mail and openly offering project topics as well as uploading students' projects on blogs are becoming common occurrences. University professors and some teachers create their own blogs and share their lectures and take feedback for improving lecture quality. Also, students are communicating with others using blogs for studying and discussing specific topics. It can help develop relationships and improves academic quality.

Each country thinks that blogs have the credibility of most media, but have different criteria to judge what makes a good blog. Koreans tend to like blogs which have professional content, and although they use blog sites for mainly recreational activities, some do have information as well.

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V. Content Policy


Blogger gives users the freedom to post whatever they please, within reason. Blogger strictly prohibits explicit adult content, hate speech, violence, exploiting children, and copyrighting. For more details on Blogger's policies, please click on the link below.

Content Policy

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VI. References


1. Agarwal Amit. June 27, 2006. Blogger Templates: 4.5 Million Blogspot Users are Lazy. December 1, 2008. Digital Inspirationhttp://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/06/blogger-templates-45-million-blogspot.html

2. Blogger. 1999-2008. Blogger. October 29, 2008. Google. www.blogger.com

3. Brown Kelly. 2000-2006. Be A Safe Blogger. December 1, 2008. 2 Girls Design. http://www.bloggingmommies.com/safety.php 

4. Burnett Keith. 2006, December 25. Using Blogger to Get Teachers Started With E-Learning. October 29, 2008.Shcmoller. [http://fm.schmoller.net/2006/05/using_blogger_t.html]

5. Business Week. 2005, May 2. Blogs Will Change Your Business. October 29, 2008. The McGraw-Hill Company.http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_18/b3931001_mz001.htm

6. Comcastor. 2008. Blogger. October 29 2008.App Appeal. http://www.appappeal.com/app/blogger/

7. Google.2008. Google For Educators. October 29 2008. Google. [http://www.stylewizard.com/cgi-bin/apa5wiz.cgi\\\\]

8. Kaiser E. Shirley.2007,August 9.Blogger for Business Use?. October 29 2008.Brainstorms Rave.http://brainstormsandraves.com/archives/2001/01/24/blogger_for_business_use/

9. SEC Football Blogger. October 20, 2006. Privacy Policy. December 1, 2008. Word Press Entries. [http://secfootballblogger.com/privacy-policy/]

10. Shorr Brad. 2008, September 24. Why Business Blogs Should Welcome Negative Comments. October 29, 2008. Word Sell, Inc.http://www.wordsellinc.com/blog/blogs/why-business-blogs-should-welcome-negative-comments/

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32 Comments

  1. Unknown User (richarka)

    Welcome everyone!  (big grin)  

    I am excited to get started and hope to make this project run as smooth as possible. 

    Welcome international students!  We are glad you are apart of this project, and we hope to make this a memmorable time.  We value your opinions and contrabutions! (big grin)

    I am a freshman at Purdue this year, majoring in elementary and special education.  I can't wait to see how this project turns out.

  2. Hi everyone(smile)

    Nice to meet you. My name is Woo, Ji Soo.  I'm a 1 year in school student at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.

    I'm very excited to join this project!

  3. Hello !

    I'm so glad to join this project with you.

    My name is Kang, Ji-yeon. If my name is difficult to you, you can call me "Kang" or "Kay".

    I'm a freshman in Ewha womans univerisity and major in Educational Technology.

    I'm very looking forward to enjoying this project. (tongue)

  4. Unknown User (richarka)

    Hi Woo, Jisoo and Kang, Ji-yeon!

    We are so glad to have you on our team!  We are excited to hear more from you.  Both of you have excellant english skills!

    We are interested about Blogger and how it is used in Korea.  How do people use blogger in your country?  Do teachers ever use blogger?  We would love to see your thoughts and research. 

    You can add your comments about these questions at the top of the page where it says:

    Children

    Research on Blogger in Korea(star)

    Thanks for all your help! I know you will do great!

    1. hi.

      in my country many people use blog. but most of them are use blog for entertainment purpose.

      but some teachers use blog. it provides many idea about thier lecture and so on.

      Want you the address of that site? if so, i will put on site address on comment.


       

      Thanks.

      1. Unknown User (richarka)

        Wow thanks!

        I would love to see the address of the site.  Is it all in Korean?  If so, can you explain it?

        Thanks for your help!

  5. Unknown User (sapeck)

    Hi, My name is Sarah I am currently a freshman, I am from Chicago and my major is Consumer and Family Science Education. My email adress is sapeck@purdue.edu.

  6. Unknown User (aruby)

    Hello Everyone!

     My name is Amanda Ruby! I am an education major, but I hope to work with special education students! I am a freshman at Purdue University! I can't wait to see how our project works out, and to learn about blogger!

  7. Unknown User (mcdoyle)

    Hello Everybody!

    I am Meghan Doyle! I am a special education major and this is my first year at Purdue University. I am very excited to work on this project with everyone and cannot wait to see the finished product! (smile)

  8. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Alejandra Llorca.  I am master graduate student in Chemistry Education.  I chose the non-thesis option master.  Therefore, instead of doing research, I am working on a licensure to be a Chemistry high school teacher.  Next semester I will be doing my student teaching.

     It's nice to meet you everybody. 

  9. Hi everyone(smile)

    I'm Jieun, Seo and a freshman of ewha women's university. i also major in educational technology now.

    i want to communicate with you actively from now on~hihi

    anyway i'm so glad to meet you all!^-^

    1. Unknown User (richarka)

      Hi Seo, Ji Eun!

      Welcome to our group!  We are very glad that you can be apart of this.  What would you like us to call you?

      My question for you is how blogger is used in Korea.  Tell us if Blogger is popular.  Do teachers ever use Blogger for educational purposes?

      Thanks! We are excited to hear from you.

      1. Actually, i attached the images below^^;;  cuz it was saved by Korean, it couldn't be open. so i amended it.

        ah, call me jina if it's easy to call^^

        1. Unknown User (richarka)

          Jina!

          Thanks so much for the website and translations.  It is very helpful.

          I have a couple questions

          What is Power Blog?  What is different about it?

          What is ILCHON?

          Thanks for all your help!

  10. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    Hello ladies,

    This are the links of the lesson plans I am modifying for our project.

    http://www.iatefl.org.pl/call/j_lesson27.htm

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1120967/a_fun_free_eflesl_lesson_plan_writing.html?page=2&cat=15 

     I will upload my versions of them to this website tomorrow evening.

    See you tomorrow in class,

    Alejandra

  11. Unknown User (mcdoyle)

    Everyone's doing Great!!!(smile)

    I feel like we're actually getting somewhere! Lets go BLOGGER!(thumbs up)

  12. Unknown User (jones204)

    Oh yeah! I haven't posted a little tid bit about myself.

    I'm an elementary ed major at Purdue and I am  from West Lafayette, IN.   I'm a freshman and this has been an exciting first semester of college! I have sure learned a lot about all kinds of things! haha

    This project is so neat and high tech! I'm glad we get to learn so much and be a part of this new technology. 

    I think our presentation is going to turn out awesome!

    ~Jen Jones



  13. This is naver blog's main homepage. naver blog is very popular one of Korea.

    This is Cyworld main page. Cyworld is similar with My space of USA.


  14. Hello everyone.

    wow many people are in here.

    our project manager (Korie A Richards), i wonder about something.

    hm. Did you separate a ROLE?

    actually our professer was not been in korea for one or two weeks so that i did'nt recognize processing of this project recently. sorry. T_T

    plz provide me about specific plan (something like  a table of contents).

    thanks for your enthusiasm.

    1. Unknown User (richarka)

      I did not give separate roles for each of you guys (international partners).  I was hoping the four of you could work together to help us with how Blogger is used in your country.  If you would like to look over our Wiki Chapter, then you can comment on how it can be better or tell us what is missing in the chapter.

      Our specific plan:

      This week we are working on our wiki chapter.  We are adding screen shots and formatting.  We are also revising the lesson plans, and working on the 2-3 minute presentation for the showcase December 4th. 

      Do you have any questions?  Would you or the other international partners want to be talk through a webcam soon?  

      Thanks! You are doing great!

  15. Unknown User (aruby)

    Korie, I forgot to save my work the first time, so it was finished a couple minutes after 11, I hope that's okay.

    1. Unknown User (richarka)

      Thats fine.

      The Chapter is lookin good!

      Read my comments on the chapter page.

  16. Unknown User (aruby)

    Okay! The research in Blogger in Korea was extremely helpful and added a lot to our chapter!

  17. Unknown User (jones204)

    Those are excellent screen shots of Naver, Ji Eun!  I had trouble attaching a word document to confluence!  I am so impressed with what you can do  (big grin)

    I hope everyone had a great weekend!

    ~Jen

  18. Unknown User (aruby)

    I like the screen shot me and Meghan chose instead of the smaller blogger picture!

  19. Unknown User (aruby)

    Also, when will we add a table of contents?

    Just some suggestions! It's really looking awesome!

  20. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    Here is the link for the website for APA style citation.

    http://www.stylewizard.com/apa5/apawiz.html\\

    Sorry for the delay,

  21. Hi. I'm very impressed about your hard working.

    Was our resaerch enough? If you guys want more research, we will do it more specifically.

    comment please(smile)   

  22. Hello everyone.
    I am DaJeong Choi and I'm 1grad of ewha women's University .

    I'm so sorry to late to hello. I researched Cyworld that is korea's representitive blog, It is uproaded by Ji eun seo in upside.

    I think you guys wonder about ILCHON that is very important and useful side of Cyworld.

    In Cyworld, There are ILCHON between close relation.

    ILCHON's original meaning is very close family like parent and child.But In Cyworld, ILCHON is kind of relation ship that is cyber space to represent lose relation. 

    To form ILCHON between two people, one person send messege that is asking for forming ILCHON to other. And when other is accept that ILCHON is finally formed.

    Between ILCHON relation ship, they can see hided post thing that is posted for seen by only ILCHON and can exchange personal information. In other world, ILCHON is foundation of Cyworld's social network.

     User who join Cyworld, is ILchon with other people, when, there are some special people out of that ILCHON, they can enroll them to concerned ILCHON. Then, they can see more detaily about opposite's of on/off circumstance, and update information of mini homepage.  

    The opposite can's know whether or not of concerned ILCHON. There are no limited ILCHON's number, concerned ILCHON is limited 300 people. 

    That is ILCHON of Cyworld.

    Do you understand?

    If you can's understand or have question please ask me again(smile)

    Then have a good time(smile)

  23. Unknown User (mllorcao)

    After checking tons of webpages, I think these are the ones with more relevant information for our project (business applications).

    http://www.allbusiness.com/3471574-1.html

    This one suggest to contribute to a blogger with your knowledge and be paid for it.  Therefore, it is like a freelance job.

    http://brainstormsandraves.com/archives/2001/01/24/blogger_for_business_use/

    The first two pharagraphs are the more relevant ones.  It mentions the use of blogger as an internal newsletter of a company.  It is says that one of the advantages of using Blogger instead of a regular webpages is that you do not need to know HTML.

    http://www.bloggerbusiness.com/about.htm

    Following a quote from the website: "Blogs today can mean big bucks in advertising revenue, licensing, sponsorships, donations, promotions you name it! The DNC (Democratic National Party) was able to raise tens of millions of dollars for the Kerry camp in the 2004 election. "

    I hope this helps.  Thank you for your work.

  24. Unknown User (lopez37)

    I very much enjoyed reading the blogger wiki. I felt that some good points were brought up. I think blogger can be an excellent tool for teachers as was brought up. I liked the point that blogger could help the communication gap between teachers and parents. It would be great to start a blog of the classroom for parents. After all, parents want to be involved in their children’s lives, and children often have little to say about their day at school. My elementary school has classroom blogs, and parents are always telling me how useful it is that they can know about their child’s education. Also, the wiki is very organized and easy to read. Good job!